The Devils got back in the win column Saturday night with goals from Pavel Zacha, Kyle Palmieri (PPG) and two from Miles Wood (1PPG) for a 4-1 win over the Flyers in front of a hostile crowd in Philadelphia. Here's what we learned:
1) Wood had the most productive game of his young NHL career with two goals and a fight with Wayne Simmonds to earn tonight's hard hat. Although he had never been in a single fight until this season, he's quickly establishing himself as someone who won't be pushed around and won't back down from a challenge. His first goal was a result of using his speed to get around a defender for a partial breakaway. The second was a result of using his big body to create space in front of the net to utilize a backdoor feed.
2) Keith Kinkaid got the start for a second night in a row as Cory Schneider is still under the weather. He made 35 saves on the night and gave a lot of credit to the team in front of him who blocked an additional 32 shots. He came up big as the Flyers pressed in the second with a lot of power play time and even more so in the third when they were chasing the lead.
3) Vern Fiddler is tough as nails. In his first game back from a lower body injury that kept him out of the lineup for weeks, he was hip checked in open ice, tripped along the boards and generally found himself sprawled on the ice more often that he probably would have liked, but it looks like his injury has healed just fine because he finished the game without missing a shift.
The Devils are off on Sunday and will return to the ice for practice on Monday before hosting the Kings on Tuesday at The Rock.